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Things to Know to Open Your Swimming Pool This Spring

May 7th 2015 at 11:46 PM

Some pool owners choose to close their pool down for winter, which can mean less regular maintenance. However, winterizing swimming pools means that there are certain steps to take when re-opening the pool for spring. You should probably start the process of re-opening a few days before you want to use the swimming pool so that you can be sure the pool is ready.

It's never a happy time when you close the pool for the winter but it is a necessary part of pool ownership depending on where you live. Usually once the leave change and the winds turn frigid, thoughts turn to pool closing. Your pool will only require a minimum amount of care and maintenance throughout the winter months. You are probably aware that above-ground swimming pools are sort of expensive, especially if you already did your own research. But they are nowhere as expensive as in-ground ones. In fact, these can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Inflatable pools are great for kids of all ages. They provide kids with a place where they can go and have fun while still staying cool. Depending on how old your kids are and what type of kids they are, will depend on what type of pool you will need.

An automatic pool vacuum pump and filter is a must have for the maintenance. Make sure to clean the filter and the baskets. The pool can be stained if the alkalinity of the water is low. Chlorine and algaecide can be used to clean the pool. When you buy algaecide, make sure you know how to use it and read the instructions given clearly. You are required to shock your pool using this and after that you run the filter again for some time and check the pool. You can explore Swimming pools tips on Internet, that helps you discover and save creative ideas. There are many websites like that can give you tips and guidance.

Whether you own an above ground or in-ground swimming pool, a cover is an absolute must, especially if your backyard and surrounding homes are populated with trees. A safety cover that locks to your pool surface will not only keep out leaves, twigs, and small animal, but it will help protect your pool liner from sun aging and other damage. Even if you drain your pool for the winter, having a cover is good to have to protect the swimming area from accidents. If you have small children or pets, you don't want to risk them falling into an empty pool, which could prove more dangerous.

If you are shutting down your swimming pool for the winter the first thing that you need to do is to make certain you have balanced levels of total alkalinity, calcium hardness and pH. Balancing the water in this way will help to protect the pool's surface from etching and staining. By using a winter swimming pool chemical kit will help to keep the water in your pool looking blue and clear ready for the summer.

You can actually save some money by purchasing a slightly used pool. Search the classified ads and you might be lucky enough to discover above ground pools for sale at half the price. Others will give up their pool for less than 50% of its value if you agree to shoulder the expense of taking it down from the previous owners property. It doesn't just cost money to put it up, but to have them removed too. If you can gather a few friends and family members to help you take it down from the seller home, then you can take advantage of an offer like this. I guess if they are willing to help with that, then it is possible for them to help you install it too at your home.

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